Sunday, September 21, 2008

Burda Blouse - "L'Été enfui"


Burda World of Fashion June 2008 (Burda Tendances Modes juin 2008) - Blouse 107 B

I traced this pattern and cut out the blouse at my parents' country house last month; but I sewed it only this week. It may appear a bit outdated, given it's now autumn in France (and a cold one at that). I don't care. This symbolizes the summer I spent while not seeing much else than my computer screen - the summer I spent finishing my PhD thesis. I just had to make this light, summery little thing - and live summer through it, vicariously, and belatedly. My office is always hot anyway, so I'll definitely get to wear it soon.
My Mom gave me the fabric a couple of Christmases ago. You know how it is with fabrics loved ones give you - either you make something from them straight away, or they start daunting you. What pattern would be worth this meaningful fabric, we wonder? How may I best tell the giver how much I appreciated his or her gift?
I long thought this fabric was meant for a dress. You know, the full-skirted, flowing, summery kind. It decided otherwise after I packed it along with a number of patterns - and the June issue of BWOF.
I must confess to loving everything about it - the blue, of course; the fabric's lightness, which is reminiscent of Liberty lawn; but also, the tucks at the waist, front and back; the elastic shirring; the adorable semi-raglan, bias-bound puff sleeves.
This is an instance when I actually like the French sewing vocabulary better. "Bias-bound sleeves" translates to "manches gansées de biais". I just love "gansées" - don't you?

A word of warning about the sleeves, though: there is very little ease at the armscye and the bust may therefore end up a little crushed when moving the arms. I remedied that by adding as much from the seam allowance as I could into the armscye, and sewing the seam with a tiny SA (it is only 5 mm). It just about works, although a little bit more ease there would probably be better.

45 comments:

karenv said...

It's gorgeous Isabelle :) So very "you"!

Andrea said...

Très jolie!

Cindy said...

I agree, this blouse is "you". Perfection.

stitcherw said...

What a lovely blouse. While it is getting colder, so many times places are heated in winter to such a degree that you want a cooler top, sounds like your office is like that.
Sue

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

It is the perfect little summer shirt...but it seems to me that it could go into fall with a nice cardigan over it!

brodstitch said...

de nouveau une belle réalisation.
Tu es sure d'avoir bien choisi ta voie ? :o))

Nicki said...

It's absolutely gorgeous Isabelle - and you look beautiful in it :) So pretty!

Lovely to see you posting and sewing again too :)

Paula said...

Gorgeous sewing Isabelle.

Hala said...

this is a lovely blouse indeed...
the pattern of the fabric is defenitely for a top or maybe a short dress...
it is nice to make ones' wardrobe...
kissous

Lennu said...

It's wonderful to see you posting again, I was happy to read that you got your big work done, congratulations! I love the blouse you made and everything you've shown recently. It almost makes me want to start sewing something for me again... Have a happy new week!

coonieandplume said...

It's absolutely gorgeous, my friend, and so perfect for you!
And it's so great to read you again :)

(((hugs)))

kirstenrana said...

Excellent pairing of fabric and pattern! You've inspired me to move this blouse up on my must-sew-list.

J Rae said...

What a cute little summer blouse! The fabric and pattern seem so well suited for each other.

Shannon said...

That blouse is so gorgeous and romantic on you. Beautiful!

Amanda S. said...

This is such a beautiful blouse! I love the fabric too.

Barbara said...

It is so incredibly "you" that I'd swear they designed it just for you. :D

mermaids said...

gorgeous blouse. love everything about it....color, style, fit. definitely suits you well. i think you can still get a few more weeks out of it, paired with a little cardigan.

Karen said...

It's always a responsibility to find the right garment for a "special" fabric like that, and you did well. The blouse is beautiful on you, and I agree, you could definitely wear it under a jacket or cardigan if your office has tropical heating.

So glad you're getting time to sew again. It's truly great therapy when you're feeling overworked and overwhelmed by the world outside your sewing space.

Zoanna said...

It is completely "you" in its sweetenss. Lovely job, friend.

shakatak66 said...

Your blouse is beautiful ... as always :)

KayB said...

What a cutie!

toy said...

this is definitely perfect for you, love the soft colors on your skin tone also. good match between fabric, pattern and colors

Vicki said...

Lovely...and it looks just in season from here!

Lori said...

Beautiful blouse, Isabelle, I agree this blouse is so you.

Lisette M said...

You look lovely in your beautiful blouse.

LauraLo said...

C'est une tres belle blouse, qui me fait regretter l'ete... Il fait si moche a Bucarest...

Alexandra said...

What a pretty summer blouse! You look lovely in it!

Summerset said...

So pretty, it suits you very well. I don't why you can't celebrate summer just a little longer - you've worked hard this summer! Enjoy the blouse.

arlenem said...

De-lurking... I enjoy reading your blog. I hope you get many chances to wear the top-it's beautiful.

josy26 said...

Trés joli . Je vois que tu es toujours tres productive ...
j'espère que tu vas bien ...bisous

Tracy said...

The blouse is so lovely, Isabelle! Everything about is delightful--especially the tucking at the waist, and treatment of the sleeves. Glad all is well after your fantic London foray...Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I wasn't sure how I'd feel about the elastication on the sides of that blouse, but I think now I'm convinced. Of course, it's a little late for it here, too. Boo.

kitou said...

tu es là ma Kitty?
Donnes moi des nouvelles
Bisous

Kaitlin said...
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Kaitlin said...

(Sorry, my last comment got a little messed up)
The blouse looks great! I say let summer linger a little longer. It would definitely pair nicely with a jacket or cardigan too.

Here in the midwestern US, you might see a shirt like that over a long sleeve T-shirt in the fall. The look is a little eclectic, but I like it! :)

Myra said...

A beautiful top, so romantic in that floral.

Dénia said...

Tu es trop trop belle et ton chemisier est si joli!
Gros gros bisous

Jennifer/OH said...

We had been without electricity for over one week, which meant no blog reading or commenting. I did get a glance at your updates on the computer at work, but I don't like to use my passwords there. Finally I am back and trying desperatley to catch up. I love the new blouses and I am very glad to be "reunited" with my sewing machine now that electricity has been restored. During the time off I did work on some tiny hand-sewing of circa 1900 doll dresses. I am reading a book that shows the early works of Coco Chanel. I love her 1914-1918 collections. I was not aware of these before as in the US we only know of her famous suits of the 1950s/1960s.
Hope to catch up on reading and then update my blog too. Glad to see you back.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very nice shirt and the fabric looks so light and fresh. Perfect pairing of fabric and pattern.

Krystal (aka Pirouette) said...

How pretty! Perfect fabric too!

Angelia said...

Very pretty blouse! I've been thinking of making this top myself so thanks for the tips about the sleeves.

paco peralta said...

Isabelle .- pretty blouse. I am glad to hear from you. greetings from Barcelona and see you soon

Cennetta said...

Very pretty blouse and it fits you perfect.

Tany said...

That's a lovely blouse and it's so you! I love the fabric and the model! You did a fabulous job!

margi said...

I have some wonderful fabric from Metro Textiles in New York and this blouse is earmarked to make in the near future. I have to agree with the sleeve issue you discussed in other Burda shirts I've made, and will use my sloper to remedy this. Would you say overall you are still happy with this? It looks beautiful!